IRL: Pikes Peak: Andretti Green Racing Saturday report

FOUNTAIN, Colo. (Aug. 20, 2005) - Dario Franchitti recorded a lap of 174.747 miles per hour (20.6972 seconds) in the ...

FOUNTAIN, Colo. (Aug. 20, 2005) - Dario Franchitti recorded a lap of 174.747 miles per hour (20.6972 seconds) in the #27 ArcaEx Dallara/Honda/Firestone during qualifying on the 1-mile oval at Pikes Peak International Raceway and will start from the fourth position for Sunday's running of the Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series Honda Indy 225.

Dario Franchitti, #27 ArcaEx Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"The ArcaEx car was setup a little better than it was this morning when we struggled a little bit, particularly in the second practice session, so it was nice that the car felt pretty good in qualifying. We were slightly short in our gear ratio and that might have hurt us a little but it was certainly better than this morning. Pikes Peak is one of those tracks where it doesn't matter where you qualify; if you have a fast car you'll go to the front. If your car goes off you go straight to the back. It's more important for us to have a good race car tomorrow."

Klein Tools/Jim Beam driver Dan Wheldon will start 11th in Sunday's running of the Honda Indy 225 at Pikes Peak International Raceway. Wheldon recorded a best- lap speed of 173.660 miles per hour (20.8159 seconds) on his second qualifying lap.

Dan Wheldon, #26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"It was a good effort from everybody with the Klein Tools/Jim Beam team, but it's always a shame when you come up a little bit short. This will be a very, very competitive race and I expect some of the regular protagonists to be up front. Pikes Peak is always a difficult track to get a handle on when weather conditions change like they do and it makes it tricky for the engineers, so they've got their work cut out for them."

XM Satellite Radio driver Bryan Herta will start on the inside of row two for Sunday's running of the Honda Indy 225 at Pikes Peak International Raceway. Herta recorded a best-lap speed of 175.242 miles per hour (20.6521 seconds) on his first qualifying lap.

Bryan Herta, #7 XM Satellite Radio Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"It was a good run for the XM Satellite Radio team. I got a good lap in on the first one so I knew I could take a chance on the second one, but I tried to shorten my line up between turns one and two and the car took off up the track and I couldn't hold it. It's tough to get the balance right, but my crew did a great job."

Tony Kanaan recorded a best lap of 174.368 miles per hour (20.7257 seconds) in the #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone and will start from the sixth position in Sunday's running of the Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series Honda Indy 225 at Pikes Peak International Raceway.

Tony Kanaan, #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"We got loose and the traction control came on and that really slowed us down. I wasn't expecting the Team 7-Eleven car to be that loose and, unfortunately, that's what happened. I should have loosened up the traction control because it was definitely a quick lap. I don't think it was a pole position lap, but it was going to be fast. It doesn't seem to be a problem for us to pass five or six cars at the start of the race; it just makes things more exciting."

The 13th event of the 2005 IndyCar Series season is set to go green at 3:45 p.m. (EDT) Saturday with ABC providing broadcast coverage of the 225-lap event beginning at 3:30 p.m. (EDT).

-agr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Dan Wheldon , Jim Beam